London open: Stocks edge higher ahead of economic data


LONDON (ShareCast) - - Eurozone CPI data in focus after last week's rate cut
- Wall Street finishes at record high after Yellen comments
- Vedanta, oil stocks rise early on

techMARK 2,651.26 +0.08%
FTSE 100 6,681.10 +0.22%
FTSE 250 15,288.15 +0.20%

UK stocks opened higher on Friday morning though gains were only modest following yesterday's Federal Reserve-inspired gains, as investors awaited economic data from the Eurozone and US.

Stocks rose strongly on Thursday after the soon-to-be Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen said that the US economy is still performing "far short of [its] potential", sparking hopes that the central bank will continue with its stimulus programme for the time being.

The dovish comments prompted yet another record finish on Wall Street last night with both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 rising to all-time highs.

As for this morning, corporate news is thin on the ground with earnings season coming to a close "so the immediate attention is on today's macro menu with harmonised inflation from the Eurozone being the show stealer in the region", said Market Strategist Ishaq Siddiqi from ETX Capital.

The final revision of Eurozone consumer price inflation is expected to confirm the initial estimate of an annual price rise of 0.7% in October, though this eased unexpectedly from 1.1% the month before.

The European Central Bank's Erkki Liikanen and Yves Mersch are both due to speak today so comments over policy following last week's rate cut will be closely watched.

Economic data Stateside will also be in focus today with the Empire State manufacturing index, import prices, industrial production and manufacturing output figures all due out this afternoon.

Vedanta up after first-half report

Mining (LSE: MIR.L - news) group Vedanta Resources (Other OTC: VDNRF - news) was in demand this morning despite reporting a 17% drop in first-half revenue to $6.2bn on the back of falling commodity prices. Nevertheless, the firm still managed to achieve record oil and gas production and an increase in the output of refined zinc, lead and silver at Zinc India.

Other miners including Antofagasta (Other OTC: ANFGF - news) and Anglo American (LSE: AAL.L - news) were also making gains early on.

Oil stocks were also on the advance, tracking crude prices higher this morning, with Tullow, BG and Shell (LSE: RDSB.L - news) among the best performers. Brent was up 1.3% at $108.54 a barrel on hopes over a continued monetary stimulus from the States.

Defence, security and transport firm Ultra Electronics (LSE: ULE.L - news) was a heavy faller after warning that revenue for 2013 would be slightly below the previous year's, hit by "a number of headwinds", in particular the US government-funded market.

Drinks group SABMiller (LSE: SAB.L - news) fell after saying that Chairman Graham Mackay is to take another medical leave of absence after a deterioration of his health.

FTSE 100 - Risers
Aberdeen Asset Management (Other OTC: ABDNF - news) (ADN) 425.30p +1.46%
Tullow Oil (LSE: TLW.L - news) (TLW) 897.00p +1.36%
Royal Dutch Shell (Xetra: R6C1.DE - news) 'A' (RDSA) 2,079.00p +1.32%
BG Group (LSE: BG.L - news) (BG.) 1,263.00p +1.32%
Antofagasta (LSE: ANTO.L - news) (ANTO) 814.50p +1.31%
Royal Dutch Shell 'B' (RDSB) 2,168.00p +1.19%
Hargreaves Lansdown (LSE: HL.L - news) (HL.) 1,177.00p +1.12%
ARM Holdings (LSE: ARM.L - news) (ARM) 939.00p +1.02%
RSA Insurance Group (RSA) 103.50p +0.98%
Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS (LSE: RBS.L - news) ) 330.00p +0.98%

FTSE 100 - Fallers
International Consolidated Airlines Group SA (CDI) (IAG) 364.20p -2.36%
Centrica (Munich: CENB.MU - news) (CNA (SES: E2:5GC.SI - news) ) 340.10p -1.51%
easyJet (EZJ) 1,221.00p -1.29%
BAE Systems (LSE: BA.L - news) (BA.) 448.40p -1.28%
Rolls-Royce Holdings (RR.) 1,223.00p -0.97%
Diageo (Berlin: GUI.BE - news) (DGE) 1,985.00p -0.75%
Next (Berlin: NXG.BE - news) (NXT) 5,445.00p -0.73%
Meggitt (MGGT) 508.50p -0.68%
Associated British Foods (LSE: ABF.L - news) (ABF) 2,300.00p -0.48%
Intertek Group (Other OTC: IKTSF - news) (ITRK) 3,155.00p -0.47%

FTSE 250 - Risers
Genus (GNS) 1,285.00p +2.96%
Imagination Technologies Group (IMG) 244.20p +2.26%
Menzies(John) (MNZS) 774.50p +2.24%
Phoenix Group Holdings (DI (KSE: 003160.KS - news) ) (PHNX) 729.50p +2.24%
Serco Group (Other OTC: SECCF - news) (SRP) 427.60p +2.03%
Investec (INVP) 433.20p +1.81%
Capital & Counties Properties (LSE: CAPC.L - news) (CAPC) 329.70p +1.73%
Telecity Group (LSE: TCY.L - news) (TCY) 653.00p +1.71%
Fenner (FENR) 464.60p +1.64%
Pace (Frankfurt: PG7.F - news) (PIC) 299.80p +1.63%

FTSE 250 - Fallers
Ultra Electronics Holdings (ULE) 1,771.00p -6.59%
Daejan Holdings (LSE: DJAN.L - news) (DJAN) 3,983.00p -2.43%
Essar Energy (LSE: ESSR.L - news) (ESSR) 105.90p -2.22%
Dunelm Group (LSE: DNLM.L - news) (DNLM) 868.14p -2.07%
AL Noor Hospitals Group (ANH) 834.50p -1.82%
Rotork (Frankfurt: RO4.F - news) (ROR) 2,845.00p -1.69%
Hochschild Mining (Other OTC: HCHDF - news) (HOC) 143.90p -1.44%
TalkTalk Telecom Group (TALK) 278.80p -0.96%
Dairy Crest Group (DCG) 515.50p -0.96%
Ocado Group (Other OTC: OCDGF - news) (OCDO) 428.00p -0.95%


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